Bremerton woman arrested for second-degree arson on Thanksgiving morning

BREMERTON — A 21-year-old Bremerton woman was arrested for second-degree arson on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 24.

Bremerton Police and Fire responded to a report of a house fire in the 1500 block of Perry Avenue at 2:58 a.m. Police officers found a 21-year-old female resident of the home outside the house, singed and blackened with soot, according to information issued by the Bremerton Police Department.

According to the police department release, the woman told officers she was the only one home, but her dog was still inside. The house next door became involved as well, as the fire was spreading rapidly.

At 3:04 a.m., officers entered the adjacent home and evacuated four people. Bremerton Fire arrived and successfully kept the damage to the next-door home minimal.

Firefighters determined the woman’s dog died in the fire.

The woman, who provided information to iInvestigators, was later taken to Harrison Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

Based on statements and the circumstances of the fire, investigators sought and obtained a search warrant from Kitsap County Superior Court to obtain evidence from the scene, and the woman was questioned by detectives.

Preliminary information indicated that the woman had been drinking while her husband was out of the house, working overnight. According to the release, the woman said she used a knife to damage the couch, then used a propane torch, setting the couch on fire. She could not control the fire as it rapidly spread, and the entire house subsequently burned.

Police said the husband came to the scene a few hours after the start of the fire.

The woman was jailed on second-degree felony arson charges. Bail was set at $100,000. She posted bail, and was scheduled to appear in court Nov. 28.

— Edited by Michelle Beahm